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blue Magnolia to Cronan West Ridge Figure 8

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13.9 mile 22.4 kilometer loop
80% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,673' 510 m
Descent: -1,673' -510 m
High: 1,236' 377 m
Low: 672' 205 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)


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Trail shared by Shayne Holderby

A tour of the ranches featuring grand views of the Valley and the American River.

Shayne Holderby

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Get a taste of what all the ranches have to offer. Twisty singletrack, Creek crossings, switchback climbing, grand views of the river and valleys, fast descents, steep climbing and fun!


This is the best tour of the ranches. The first 3.3 miles is part of the out and back and is part of Magnolia Ranch and the connector trail.

The start of ride is the loop trail which is easy to follow. After a long climb and descent, take the Up Down Trail and head south (left). You're now at the bottom of the figure 8 Loop that you're going to ride. If you ride this loop going to the right at the Up Down Trail, you're in for A LOT of climbing.

The figure 8, as shown, picks up both the East Ridge Trail and West Ridge Trail, which have great views of the valley and the American river. The valley crossing is on a fire road and the ascent up to the Western ridge is also fire road, but the ridge run is amazing! The singletrack runs right along the crest of the ridge and is almost all downhill. The valley and American River open up on your left as you fly along the ridge. There is nothing very technical along the whole route but the western ridge alone makes this a destination ride. In the 14 miles, you get 4 very solid singletrack descents. The best part of this ride is the spacing between climbs and descents allowing for a fast ride with flats long enough to recover before the next climb.


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Oct 20, 2018
Mike Gates
May 28, 2018
Jacque Penn
Start from Cronan ranch 12mi
Apr 14, 2018
Joshua R
skipped last loop, cut out to parking lot. 12.5mi
Oct 7, 2017
Ross Mitchelson
Aug 6, 2017
Dave W
Classic XC trail - hot but manageable 14.8mi — 2h 00m
May 27, 2017
Harminder Deol
May 9, 2017
James Lindenberger
Great ride today! Rode all of Gerle Loop, so that explains the additional mileage. Had to wade across the creek. Views were awesome and the west ri... 14.2mi
Apr 22, 2017
Brian Katz

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This is an excellent trail - plenty of fun to be had, with some fast moving singletrack. Living in Sacramento, I would say this trail beats out the closer "Forest Hill Divide" in Auburn, largely becasue that trail's condition is quite poor right now. Also, you can't beat seeing a hillside of sheep along your ride. Jun 14, 2016

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